The difference between hemp and marijuana is a topic that is asked about often but isn’t always explained accurately. With CBD becoming more and more mainstream, it’s important to understand what sets it apart from marijuana.
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp CBD, or cannabidiol, is a member of the Cannabis Sativa plant species. CBD products continue to enter the market in the form of supplements, skincare products, and wellness support. Unlike Marijuana, CBD is extremely low in THC, the substance responsible for causing psychoactive effects. CBD will not get you high, but it does have relaxing and even anti-inflammatory properties to help with chronic body pain and other ailments.
WHAT IS MARIJUANA?
Marijuana is also a cannabis plant but produces a much higher THC concentration with lower amounts of CBD. These levels of THC are what produces the “high” that many marijuana users are after. THC products continue to be legalized across the country, but not everyone is on the same page yet, so you must do your research before purchasing. Like hemp, marijuana can have some amazing benefits to relax the mind and body. Marijuana can also be crossbred, resulting in different strains and potencies for different ailments.
WHAT IS THE KEY DIFFERENCE?
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC present. Hemp products are considered legal in the U.S. when they have 0.3% THC or less. On the other hand, marijuana has a much higher THC concentration, sometimes up to 30%.
Because of this difference in THC, there is also a difference in how the body will react to it. CBD has been studied for its help with chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and even seizures. While THC has been studied for the same benefits, it also comes with some psychological effects or a mental “high.” This makes it more popular for recreational use instead of just wellness support.
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